A pastel coloured dreamscape.
Vast Hill has re-emerged with their new single and the first taste of their debut LP – More Than You Imagined – in‘Heartbreaker’.
From the opening crashes of electronic percussion, to the funky bassline and vocalist Elle Kress’ soaring notes, ‘Heartbreaker’ is sweet on the ear, enticing the listener to come back for more once the first playback reaches its conclusion.
For Vast Hill, the release of ‘Heartbreaker’ marks a new chapter for the band A new direction as they lead up to the release of their new album.
Working in a similar lane of contemporaries including Touch Sensitive, Donny Benet, Confidence Man and PNAU, Vast Hill are producing music that has serious pop weight behind the production. The delivery of lyricism has elevated the duo as one’s to watch on the east coast’s indie and electro-pop scene.
Recorded in Sydney and working with Luke Million on mixing and Michael Chow (FROYO) on co-production, Vast Hill’s new sounds came together under the eyes of some incredible talent.
“He really gets our musical vision and was able to create something we love.”
Similarly, working with Luke Million – easily one of the country’s most talented producers and electro artists – brought Vast Hill not just a new outlook on the music, but a stylistic touch the duo thrived off of.
“ We also have loved all his releases over the years and knew he would be able to bring something really special to our music. As well as mixing ‘Heartbreaker’and the LP, he also added some of his own touches to the soundscape of the track.”
As an inclination of what is still to come from Vast Hill, the single is a strong statement that demonstrates and celebrates a love of pop songwriting. The intricacies of said songwriting and a talent for bringing clever songwriting together with impressive instrumentation.
Full of charm, poise and individual flair, ‘Heartbreaker’ isn’t the lovelorn song its title suggests.
The song itself, borne out of witnessing a loved one going through the trials of a toxic relationship, may have darker themes in its songwriting, yet presented in a light, disco-tinged package.
Inspired by Touch Sensitive particularly, Vast Hill followed this desire for creating something new and groove-based in bringing their narrative to life.
“The single is about being a family member or a close friend to someone who is trapped in a toxic relationship, and watching that person spiral into a dark place, and you don’t know how to help them. It also kind of pays homage to that relationship you have before you find someone who is the real deal.”
‘HEARTBREAKER’ LAUNCH SHOWS
Friday April 12th The Landsdowne Sydney
Sunday April 21st Yours and Owls party – North Wollongong Hotel Wollongong
Saturday April 27th Vast Hill and Janey single launches – Sly Fox Sydney